The Disneysaurs

There is a new creature walking around Animal Kingdom these days!  On May 3rd, V the velociraptor was spotted being walked through the park by Professor Parker Woodson.  DISCLAIMER: This is only a test run by the parks and certainly does not mean that the character will be permanent, or even out ever again.

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V is a latex/rubber dinosaur moving by the man operating it underneath.  Its tail wags and there is a consistent screeching noise made.  He also can smell, lean down, as well as look around.

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To me, this dinosaur just seems poorly planned.  He walks horribly awkward and always seems to be looking down.  It was clearly not ready for a test run!  The man controlling the dinosaur is very obvious to anyone over the age of five.  For those under that age, however, the dino is quite scary.  In some videos there are children running, crying, and screaming due to this velociraptor.  Two cast members (besides Prof. Woodson!) have to trail behind the dino to prevent its tail from smacking into guests.

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The most disappointing part about this dinosaur fiasco is that back in 2003 Disney released a dinosaur named Lucky who was completely animatronic, meaning that there was no human operating him.  He pulled a cart, blinked, walked, and could even sign autographs!  Occasionally he was known to steal a hat off of a kid’s head.  Clearly Lucky has some problems that prevent him from being shown in the park on a daily basis (possible dangers or high operating costs?), which forced Disney to come up with a new solution.

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The fact that  Lucky was released nearly 10 years ago and is vastly better than V shocks me.  Of course it’s just a test, so we’ll have to wait and see.  I’ve included a video of each dinosaur below for you to compare.  What do you think about these two Disneysaurs?

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Disney’s Abandoned Parks

The Disney company owns a huge section of land in Florida.  Much of it is used as a park or resort, but there are a few undeveloped areas.  Even lesser know, there are some areas that were once a park and now completely abandoned.  The two parks are Discovery Island- A natural habitat and wildlife preservation for exotic creatures- and River Country- an “old fashioned swimmin’ hole” waterpark.

Discovery Island

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Originally Treasure Island, Discovery Island closed in 1999 soon after Animal Kingdom opened, likely  because there was no need for two wildlife based parks.  Before it’s closure five Disney employees were charged with several counts of mistreating animals.  There was even a cage in which nineteen vultures were left to die without food or water.  I recommend you read Shane Perez’ blog post on his adventure into the abandoned park.

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Baby vultures still in the park

Baby vultures still in the park

Preserved snakes... with one in a Diet Coke bottle?

Preserved snakes… with one in a Diet Coke bottle?

River Country

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River Country opened in 1976 as Disney’s first water park, then closed in 2001.  Walt Disney World has never given a reason for the park’s closure, however one employee says that one morning they had to delay opening the park due to an alligator in one of the pools.  Another likely reason is the discovery of brain-eating amoebas found in the water.  Being infected with this almost always leads to death.

The former glory of the park

The former glory of the park

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Seeing these photos makes me think- if I were older, someone who had visited and enjoyed these parks, seeing them in this wretched state would depress me.  These parks were once popular attractions.  Now they sit in ruins.  So what do you think Disney should do with the land?

The Festival of Fantasy Parade has arrived!

Wow, the first new parade in over 10 years! Disney recently retired Celebrate a Dream Come True (RIP) in order to make way for the new parade, Festival of Fantasy, which held its debut yesterday (March 9th, 2014).  It was amazing and the floats were truly a spectacle.  Many of the Disney revival princesses were to be seen with their own intricate floats, with dancers in all new costumes.

Firstly, the Beauty and the Beast float was lead by the crazy swan people, which confused me.  Where there swans in that movie at all?  Odd.

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Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Cinderella and Charming arrived in typical fashion, nothing new to note about their outfits.  However, I did find it strange that they made such a spectacle of her pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy's pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy’s pink dress.

This Frozen float is absolutely amazing!!!  Anna in her coronation dress??? I love it! And her hair looks stunning, perfectly natural.  That little Olaf spins and moves beautifully as well.  Elsa is elegant and regal as usual.  I just can’t get enough, I love that they included these girls in the parade even though they’re so new to the Disney universe.

Frozen float

Frozen float

This is my favorite float of the parade by far.  It’s huge, it’s amazingly detailed, and it’s got characters spread throughout it.  If you look closely you can see Flynn Rider and other guys from the Snuggly Duckling on one of the swinging axes.  Tell me that doesn’t seem like a fun job to have!  And I love the Rapunzel’s hair leads through the entire float.

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

The only thing that ruined it for me was the costumes of the dancers.  Just hideous!  Are they… rainbow viking renaissance girls?  I found the many of the general dancers had these crazy costumes that just seemed like a child threw on every colorful thing they could find.  Take a look at other dancers over at Stitch Kingdom.

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Ugh.

The Malificent float was by far the most thought-out and detailed part of the parade.  She was led by three very worried fairies, along with Prince Philip, fighting her off.  This float was very dark compared to the other floats, possibly to make us think of the new Malificent movie coming up.

The crown jewel of the parade.

The crown jewel of the parade.ma

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Why is this so enormously tall?

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A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

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And finally the parade wraps up with a garish Pinocchio float, a cast of miscellaneous characters and a lovely little Mickey Mouse float.

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What do you think, was the parade a true Festival of Fantasy or a  Funeral of Gaudiness?